Our first big overseas trip with the kids was about to start on Herzius’ birthday. Each of us only had our backpack for luggage that stayed with us and we had a big suitcase with extra sneakers packed that was checked in. We departed from Auckland, then switched planes in Tahiti where Mandrie got randomly selected for screening – this mom was not very happy! The kids didn’t get much sleep as they were very interested in the onboard entertainment (movies and games). Herzius was stoked as he celebrated his birthday in 3 different countries, once in NZ, then in Tahiti and then again in LA.
We arrived in LA and headed to our Hotel – Crown Plaza LAX Airport. We didn’t have lots of time and knew we still had 4 weeks ahead of us so didn’t want to spend crazy amounts on car rental or Uber rides across the city, so the concierge recommended a tour with Starline Tours. It was a good suggestion and value for money but didn’t allow for any flexibility and we didn’t even go to Santa Monica Pier. The traffic was just horrible and by the end of the tour I think at least 2 of us were nodding off to dreamland.
We had to take photos of our standard items when traveling – being Andries’ Gas Station and Local Gas Price Shots. The kids just loved seeing the Yellow School busses, so they were a hit as well. We took some photos of our favourite stars while quickly exploring the Walk of Fame. It was under whelming – didn’t know what to expect, but it was not as grand and big as I imagined, guess it is a different story when celebs are around.
We also saw the house they used as Tony Starks’ in Ironman. The kids thought it was hilarious how the Americans call it Speed Humps, instead of Speed Bumps. The fruit at the Farmers Market was huge, hence the interest in those. Our best meaty meal was for sure at Pampas Grill – it was divine. I also loved the buildings – so that would explain why there are so many photos of them – its better than random people walking in the street, or photos of traffic, hehe.
When we got back to the hotel it was pretty much a shower and straight into bed as we were off to our next destination early the next morning…
Overall thoughts of LA – not my favourite destination and don’t think I’ll visit again, maybe just to visit Santa Monica Pier when we visit Las Vegas, but it was dirty, super busy and just overrated in my opinion.
Have you been and what can you share that you think could change my opinion about LA?